To extend students’ opportunities for developing academic language, discussion, and written argumentation skills using the same principles that inspired the original Word Generation program, we have developed three six-week social studies curricular sequences around topics commonly included in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies content standards. These curricular materials can be used in place of the standard curriculum materials, or as a supplement. They are fully aligned with the social-studies-specific literacy standards prescribed by the Common Core State Standards, providing opportunities to read, write, discuss, and build arguments about social studies topics.
Fifteen- to twenty-minute activities for use in ELA, math, and science classes are coordinated with each week of the social studies units, so that the cross-disciplinary benefits of Word Generation can be exploited during use of the intensive social studies program. All the activities relate to the central question of the week, build relevant knowledge, and provide opportunities to encounter the new academic vocabulary in new semantic contexts.